I’ve been playing with a new swirly shape, which I’m calling “Accepted” because the top kinda makes me think of two people looking at each other. Anyway, I’ve cut a bunch, sized for a 5×7 canvas, from paper and contact paper on my Silhouette.
This one happened because I got a new color of Liquitex acrylic (Quinacridone Magenta) and was really enjoying the blues and purples I could make with it. This is reverse stenciled – the white shape is the base gesso showing through. It’s painted on a piece of cereal box, and I covered the writing with a good layer of spray paint before applying the gesso, which had the advantage of getting it to lie flat instead of curling as it dried. It’s listed in my zibbet store for $10.
This one is for a swap, for another color junkie. It’s on cardboard, which bent slightly as I painted, which ended up creating some cool texture when I straightened it so I don’t mind. I tore the shape in places before gluing it down, and I really like the interest that adds.
And then there’s this one, which is highly problematic and may never go anywhere. This I just traced and painted, and it’s definitely not done. I was going for a more modern palette, which it has, but there’s no oomph. Maybe stripes or doodles over the gray? Not to mention that it’s on a book page and the edges are definitely too rough. I may end up pitching it, but that’s okay.
Anyway, in other news, I’ve been planning a birthday party for myself. My birthday isn’t until November, but the party will be in October because a certain bundle is due to arrive around then. It’s going to be a painting party: gather the family, give everyone a cheap 11×14 canvas, put a bunch of brushes and paints and stuff on the table, and paint! Also there will be wine and probably soup and dessert. I think it’ll be super fun.
Consequently, I’m planning on placing an order with dickblick.com, and while the party is my main “present” I figure I should get a treat for myself. So, people from Paint Party Friday, any suggestions? I want something under $10, I think, and it should be something I can’t get at Joann’s. (I do have a local art store that has the nicer stuff, but have you ever tried taking a two-year-old to one of those? Bad plan. So I don’t go there often.) I’m leaning towards a color or two of nice soft pastels, but I’m still deciding. What would you get?